NEWS | Dec. 7, 2011

TCSC spreads holiday cheer through cookies

By Senior Airman Anthony J. Hyatt Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The holiday season can be a challenging time for those Airmen and Sailors living in the dorms and are still becoming accustomed to being away from family. The Team Charleston Spouses Club initiated their annual Cookie Drop Dec. 6 at the Base Chapel Annex to reach out to these troops.

The Cookie Drop is a program in which base residents and community members donate thousands of assorted homemade cookies to be delivered to the troops during the holidays.

"The cookie drop exists to show appreciation and support to the troops in the dorms or deployed," said Gloria Bishop, TCSC member.

Throughout the day, community members made their way to the chapel and dropped off dozens of cookies and supplies to make the operation work.

"We've received chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter, mint chocolate chip, sugar cookies and ginger bread cookies," said Bishop. "People have also provided Ziploc bags, paper bags and other supplies for the cookie drive."

More than 600 bags of cookies were prepared this year, according to Bishop. The bags were dropped off at the Robert D. Gaylor Dining Facility, several squadrons around base and the extras will be mailed to members deployed
from JB Charleston.

"The cookies tasted great," said Airman 1st Class Jesse Brown, from the 437th Aerial Port Squadron. "It definitely put me in the holiday mood!"

The bags were also decorated by the children from JB Charleston's Child Development Center and Youth Center.

"Home baked goods are always a good reminder of home," Bishop said.

"With the full support of JB Charleston military families and civic leaders, the cookie drive was once again a huge success with thousands of cookies being delivered to our deployed Airmen, Sailors and civilians serving us right here at JB Charleston," said Col. Richard McComb, 628th Air Base Wing commander.